Each fall Reiman Gardens hosts a popular community event, Spirits in Gardens. Children of all ages are welcome to join in the spooky fun by attending in costume. Visitors trick or treat around the gardens and join in a variety of activities, including storytelling, Meet-A-Scientist, and more.
The featured attraction during this event is an astounding display of hundreds of carved pumpkins lit against the evening sky. Volunteers from the local community and university spend five days stenciling and carving hundreds of unique designs. In 2020, our goal is to carve over 1,000 pumpkins and we are looking for volunteers to create new designs to add to our stencil collection. Designs currently include American icons, animals and nature, cartoons, creatures and monsters, famous people, movies, phrases and internet memes, musicians, television, video games, and traditional pumpkins.
Designs must be family-friendly and no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches. Stencils should be carved, not shaved, designs. Please email for more information and stencil samples.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Reiman Gardens
1407 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50011, US
Educate, enchant, and inspire an appreciation of plants, butterflies, and the beauty of the natural world.
Situated on a 17-acre site, the year-round attraction features distinct gardens both indoors and outdoors on a 17-acre campus, a Conservatory with seasonal displays, a 2,500-square-foot Butterfly Wing with emergence cases, a Gift Shop, and beauty for all to enjoy and share.
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We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.